18 SERVO 07.2015
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Recently, Swiss startup, noonee completed the first round of testing for their Chairless Chair with German
car manufacturer, Audi. The Chairless Chair is a wearable
sitting exoskeleton for people working on construction
lines that is designed to allow movement while still
providing enough support to prevent the repetitive stress
and health problems that are so common in this kind of
Rather than just providing a chair to sit in, noonee
avoids the issue of muscle wastage by designing the
exoskeleton to support the wearer in such a way that they
continue to use their muscles.
The version of the Chairless Chair tested at Audi is
called TITAN, which is made out of titanium. The next
stage of development will be to create a version
manufactured from carbon.
NO SKILLS REQUIRED
Muribot is an affordable compact robot kit, designed to make coding and robotics easily accessible to people of all
ages and skill levels. It packs in quality hardware — usually seen
only at universities — and is intended to grow with the ability
of the user. This makes Muribot significantly different from
robotic platforms that are created for a specific skill level. By
bridging the gap to a high quality learning experience, Muribot
aims to be a major competitor in the STEM market and began
crowdfunding to achieve that goal back in May.
The robot is pre-loaded with a remote control demo,
which means it’s possible to play with it right away. Code is
written in C using MPLab IDE, and the Muribot API (application
program interface) makes it simple and easy to get started. No
previous experience is necessary. More advanced users can
begin to control the
hardware right away,
forgoing the API.
Muribot can be used
to explore concepts at
different levels, from simple line following and odometry to the more advanced
design of neural networks and swarm robotics.
The platform is fitted with 25 sensors, including eight infrared proximity and
ambient light sensors, three-axis accelerometer and magnetometer, yaw-rate
gyroscope, and much more. The internal 900 mAh battery takes about 1-2 hours
to charge, and provides 6-8 hours of running time per charge. Muribot is part of
the FOSS (Free Open Source Software) and Free Education movement, so is fully
open source and hacker friendly.
Images courtesy of Mid-Ohio Area Robotics.
Image courtesy of Audi.